Webconference: Public service in the digital age: from digital conditionality to fraud targeting, reflection on technological vulnerabilities

This conference proposes to study the effects of the digitalization of public services on vulnerable publics. We will consider the two constitutive aspects: the digitization of procedures accessible to users on the one hand; the automation of the administration’s missions on the other. We will see that digitization has a double consequence: it creates a digital conditionality of access to public services, a factor of exclusion for the most vulnerable; it leads to the systematic targeting of the most precarious, whose individual situations are furthermore excluded by automated processing: from welfare to surveillance. This dynamic calls into question the very foundations of public service, and calls for a rethinking of technological integration within our administrations. If our demonstration reflects a global phenomenon, the main cases studied at the beginning of it will come from European countries where the tradition of welfare state is particularly pronounced.


Caroline Lequesne Roth
Associate Professor of Public Law, Université Côte d’Azur

Caroline Lequesne Roth is a lecturer in public law at the Université Côte d’Azur (Nice), where she helped found the DL4T program, which brings together lawyers, data scientists and computer scientists around the challenges of deep technologies. Director of the Fablex (Artificial Intelligence Law Clinic) from 2018 to 2020, she is now in charge of the Master II Algorithmic Law and Data Governance. Her work focuses on the normative and conceptual issues of the digitization of public services in the era of artificial intelligence and big data. She is the author of various contributions on the supervision of surveillance technologies and the relationship between science and power.


Participants who wish to obtain a certificate of attendance of this event can indicate it in the registration form. It will be sent by e-mail by the OBVIA in the days following the event. Each participant is then responsible for taking the necessary steps to have their attendance recognized as a continuing education activity by their educational institution, their employer or their professional order.

This event will be held in French only.

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    Professor, Faculty of Law, Chair on Accountable Artificial Intelligence in a Global Context

    University of Ottawa

  • Karine Gentelet

    Holder of the Abeona-ENS-OBVIA Chair on AI and Social Justice, Professor at the Department of Social Sciences

    Université du Québec en Outaouais

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